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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist. She has written four novels, most recently MAGPIE LANE (2020), and seven non-fiction books, two of which have won national awards. Many of her books are published internationally and her last novel, THE NIGHT VISITOR (2017) has been optioned for television. 

Lucy has a background in literary and feature journalism. She judged the Costa Book Awards and is a regular book critic for The Sunday Times. She has worked at the Times Literary Supplement and has written reviews and features for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, and many UK magazines.

Lucy teaches creative writing to Master’s students at Oxford University, and has chaired events at literary festivals including Cheltenham Literature Festival, Charleston Festival and Oxford Literary Festival. She has a B.A. in English from Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA for an M.A. in English and American literature. She has lived in Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, and is now based in Oxford, UK.  To get in touch, please go to the Contacts page.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins

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MAGPIE LANE – coming 2nd April 2020

Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . .part thriller, …Read more

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlist (Novel category)

Judging the Costa Book Awards has been a demanding, exciting and at times slightly …Read more

Judging the Costa Book Awards

Since May this year I have been reading novels for the Costa Book Awards. …Read more

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